Artsy Characters in Xiamen

22 Feb 2018

I was in Gulangyu (鼓浪屿), Xiamen (厦门) again over the CNY break, and I noticed some interesting designs using characters:


This one is a cafe/bar called 东西, which, aside from meaning “thing” or “stuff,” also literally means “east-west.” The fusion is looking pretty intimate in this design.


These three characters (not the two small ones at bottom right) are quite cryptic on this sign! Here’s how the same name is written in another place:


The name is 那些年 (“Those Years”). Can you see those three characters in the previous sign?

Finally, a very simple characterplay on the character :




John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.

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